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Document 21999D1005(01)

Decision No 2/1999 of the EU-Czech Association Council of 30 July 1999 adopting the terms and conditions for the participation of the Czech Republic in Community programmes in the field of research, technological development and demonstration (1998 to 2002) and in programmes for research and training activities (1998 to 2002) - Joint Declaration

OJ L 258, 5.10.1999, p. 19–27 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/12/2002

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/1999/653/oj

21999D1005(01)

Decision No 2/1999 of the EU-Czech Association Council of 30 July 1999 adopting the terms and conditions for the participation of the Czech Republic in Community programmes in the field of research, technological development and demonstration (1998 to 2002) and in programmes for research and training activities (1998 to 2002) - Joint Declaration

Official Journal L 258 , 05/10/1999 P. 0019 - 0027


DECISION No 2/1999 OF THE EU-CZECH ASSOCIATION COUNCIL

of 30 July 1999

adopting the terms and conditions for the participation of the Czech Republic in Community programmes in the field of research, technological development and demonstration (1998 to 2002) and in programmes for research and training activities (1998 to 2002)

(1999/653/EC)

THE ASSOCIATION COUNCIL,

Having regard to the Europe Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Czech Republic of the other part (hereinafter referred to as "the Europe Agreement"),

Having regard to the Additional Protocol to the Europe Agreement concerning participation of the Czech Republic in Community programmes, and in particular Articles 1 and 2 thereof,

(1) Whereas, pursuant to Article 1 of the said Additional Protocol, the Czech Republic may participate in Community framework programmes, specific programmes, projects or other Community actions, in particular in the fields of research and technological development;

(2) Whereas the European Council, at its meeting in Luxembourg on 12 and 13 December 1997, called in its conclusions for the opening of certain Community programmes (such as in the field of research) to the candidate countries, as a way of familiarising themselves with the policies and working methods of the Union, each candidate country being expected to make a steadily increasing financial contribution of its own (PHARE will, if necessary, be able to part-finance the applicant States' national contributions);

(3) Whereas the aforementioned conclusions also call for the participation of the candidate countries, as observers and for the points which concern them, in the committees assisting the Commission in the implementation of the programmes to which they contribute financially;

(4) Whereas, by Decision No 182/1999/EC, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted a framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (1998 to 2002)(1), hereinafter called "the Fifth Framework Programme";

(5) Whereas, by Decision 1999/64/Euratom, the Council of the European Union adopted a framework programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for research and training activities (1998-2002)(2), hereinafter called "the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme";

(6) Whereas, according to Article 2 of the aforementioned Additional Protocol, the terms and conditions for the participation of the Czech Republic in the activities referred to in Article 1 thereof are to be decided by the Association Council,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The Czech Republic may participate in the specific programmes of the Fifth Framework Programme and in the specific programmes of the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme according to the terms and conditions, principles and rules set out in Annexes I, II and III respectively, which shall form an integral part of this Decision.

Article 2

This Decision shall apply for the duration of the Fifth Framework Programme and of the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme.

Article 3

This Decision shall take effect on the first day of the month following its adoption.

Done at Brussels, 30 July 1999.

For the Association Council

The President

T. HALONEN

(1) OJ L 26, 1.2.1999, p. 1.

(2) OJ L 26, 1.2.1999, p. 34.

ANNEX I

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN THE SPECIFIC PROGRAMMES OF THE FIFTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME AND OF THE FIFTH EURATOM FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME

1. Research entities established in the Czech Republic may participate in all the specific programmes of the Fifth Framework Programme and of the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme. Scientists or research entities of the Czech Republic may participate in the activities of the Joint Research Centre to the extent that such activities are not covered by the preceding sentence.

"Research entities" as referred to in this Decision, shall include: universities, research organisations, industrial companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises, or natural persons.

2. Paragraph 1 shall imply the following:

- participation of research entities established in the Czech Republic in the implementation of all specific programmes adopted under the Fifth Framework Programme, in accordance with the terms and conditions laid down in the "rules for the participation of undertakings, research centres and universities and for the dissemination of research results for the implementation of the fifth framework programme of the European Community (1998 to 2002)";

- participation of research entities established in the Czech Republic in the implementation of all specific programmes adopted under the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme, in accordance with the terms and conditions laid down in the "rules for the participation of undertakings, research centres and universities in the implementation of the fifth framework programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (1998 to 2002)"

- financial contribution by the Czech Republic to the budgets of the programmes adopted for the implementation of the Fifth Framework Programme and the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme on the basis of the ratio of the gross domestic product of the Czech Republic to the sum of the gross domestic product of the Member States of the European Union and that of the Czech Republic.

3. Research entities established in the Czech Republic participating in Community research programmes shall, as regards ownership, exploitation and dissemination of information and intellectual property arising from such participation, have the same rights and obligations as those of research entities established in the Community, subject to the provisions of Annex II.

4. The relevant sub-committee set up by the Association Council under the Europe Agreement shall, on a regular basis and at least once a year, review and evaluate the implementation of this Decision.

5. The financial contribution of the Czech Republic deriving from participation in the implementation of the specific programmes shall be established in proportion to, and in addition to, the amount available each year in the general budget of the European Communities for commitment appropriations to meet the Commission's financial obligations stemming from work to be carried out in the forms necessary for the implementation, management and operation of these programmes.

The proportionality factor governing the contribution of the Czech Republic shall be obtained by establishing the ratio between the gross domestic product of the Czech Republic, at market prices, and the sum of gross domestic products, at market prices, of the Member States of the European Union and the Czech Republic. This ratio shall be calculated on the basis of the latest statistical data pertaining to the same year from the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), available at the time of publication of the preliminary draft budget of the European Communities.

In order to facilitate its participation in the specific programmes, the contribution of the Czech Republic will be implemented as follows:

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The rules for financial participation by the European Community are set out in Annex IV to Decision No 182/1999/EC and those for financial participation by Euratom in Annex III to Decision 1999/64/Euratom.

The rules governing the financial contribution of the Czech Republic are set out in Annex III hereto.

6. Without prejudice to paragraph 3, research entities established in the Czech Republic participating in the Fifth Framework Programme and in the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme shall have the same contractual rights and obligations as entities established in the Community, taking into account the mutual interests of the Community and the Czech Republic.

For research entities of the Czech Republic, the terms and conditions applicable for the submission and evaluation of proposals and those for the granting and conclusion of contracts under Community programmes shall be the same as those applicable for contracts concluded under the same programmes with research entities in the Community, taking into account the mutual interests of the Community and the Czech Republic.

Experts of the Czech Republic shall be taken into consideration, alongside Community experts, in the selection of evaluators or experts under the Community's research and technological development and demonstration programmes and as members of the advisory groups and other consultative bodies which assist the Commission in the implementation of the Fifth Framework Programme and the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme.

A research entity of the Czech Republic may be coordinator of a project under the same terms and conditions applicable to entities established in the Community. In conformity with the Community's Financial Regulations, contractual arrangements concluded with, or by, research entities of the Czech Republic shall provide for controls and audits to be carried out by, or under the authority of, the Commission and the Court of Auditors. Financial audits may be carried out with the purpose of controlling such entities' income and expenditures, related to the contractual obligations towards the Community. In a spirit of cooperation and mutual interest, the relevant authorities of the Czech Republic shall provide any reasonable and feasible assistance as may be necessary or helpful under the circumstances to perform such controls and audits.

7. The Community and the Czech Republic will make every effort, within the framework of the existing provisions, to facilitate the free movement and residence of research workers participating, in the Czech Republic and in the Community, in the activities covered by this Decision and to facilitate cross-border movement of goods intended for use in such activities.

Activities covered by this Decision shall be exempt from imposition by the Czech Republic of indirect taxes, customs duties, prohibitions and restrictions on imports and exports in respect of goods and services intended for use under such activities.

8. Representatives of the Czech Republic will, for the points which concern them, participate as observers in the programme committees of the Fifth Framework Programme and in the Consultative Committee of the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme. These committees shall moreover meet without the presence of representatives of the Czech Republic at the time of voting. The Czech Republic will be informed. Participation as referred to in this paragraph shall take the same form, including procedures for receipt of information and documentation, as that applicable to participants from Member States.

9. The Community and the Czech Republic may terminate activities under this Decision at any time upon twelve months' notice in writing. Projects and activities in progress at the time of termination shall continue until their completion under the conditions laid down in this Decision.

Should the Community decide to revise one or more Community programmes, activities under this Decision may be terminated under mutually agreed conditions. The Czech Republic shall be notified of the exact content of the revised programmes within one week of their adoption by the Community. The Community and the Czech Republic shall notify each other, within one month after the adoption of the Community decision, of any intention to terminate the activities.

Where the Community adopts a new multi-annual framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities and/or for research and training activities, the Association Council may decide the terms and conditions for the participation of the Czech Republic.

ANNEX II

PRINCIPLES ON THE ALLOCATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Rights to intellectual property created or furnished under this Decision shall be allocated as provided in this Annex.

I. Application

This Annex is applicable to research carried out pursuant to this Decision (hereinafter referred to as "joint research"), except as otherwise specifically agreed by the Community and the Czech Republic (hereinafter referred to as "the Parties").

II. Ownership, allocation and exercise of rights

1. For purposes of this Decision, "intellectual property" (hereinafter referred to as "IP") shall have the meaning given in Article 2 of the Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organisation, done at Stockholm on 14 July 1967.

2. This Annex deals with the allocation of rights, interests and royalties of the Parties and their participants. Each Party and its participants shall ensure that the other Party and its participants may obtain the rights to IP allocated to it in accordance with this Annex. This Annex does not otherwise alter or prejudice the allocation of rights, interests and royalties between a Party and its nationals or participants, which shall be determined by the laws and practices applicable to each Party.

3. The following principles shall apply and be provided for in the contractual arrangements:

(a) adequate protection of IP. The Parties, their agencies and/or their participants, as appropriate, shall ensure that they notify one another within a reasonable time of the creation of any IP arising under this Decision or implementing arrangements and that they seek protection for such intellectual property in a timely fashion;

(b) taking account of the contributions of the Parties or their participants in determining the rights and interests of the Parties and participants;

(c) effective exploitation of results;

(d) non-discriminatory treatment of participants from the other Party as compared with the treatment given to its own participants;

(e) protection of business-confidential information.

4. The participants shall jointly develop a technology management plan (TMP) in respect of the ownership and use, including publication, of information and IP to be created in the course of joint research. The indicative features of a TMP are contained in the Appendix to this Annex. The TMP shall be approved by the responsible funding agency or department of the Party involved in financing the research, before the conclusion of the specific research and development cooperation contract to which it is attached.

The TMPs shall be developed taking into account the aims of the joint research, the relative financial or other contributions of the Parties or participants, the advantages and disadvantages of licensing by territory or for fields of use, requirements imposed by the applicable laws including those of the Parties concerning IP rights and other factors deemed appropriate by the participants. The rights and obligations concerning the research generated by visiting researchers in respect of IP shall also be dealt with in the joint TMPs.

5. Information or IP created in the course of joint research and not dealt with in the TMP shall be allocated, with the approval of the Parties, according to the principles set out in the TMP. In case of disagreement, such information or IP shall be owned jointly by all the participants involved in the joint research from which the information or IP results. Each participant to whom this provision applies shall have the right to use such information or IP for his own commercial exploitation with no geographical limitation.

6. Each Party shall ensure that the other Party and its participants may have the rights to IP allocated to them in accordance with these principles.

7. While maintaining the conditions of competition in areas affected by this Decision, each Party shall endeavour to ensure that rights acquired pursuant to this Decision and arrangements made under it are exercised in such a way as to encourage, in particular, (i) the dissemination and use of information created, disclosed or otherwise made available, under this Decision, and (ii) the adoption and implementation of international standards.

8. Termination of cooperation shall not affect rights or obligations under this Annex.

III. International conventions

IP belonging to the Parties or to their participants shall be accorded treatment consistent with the relevant international conventions that are applicable to the parties, including the TRIPS Agreement (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights administered by the World Trade Organisation) as well as the Berne Convention (Paris Act 1971) and the Paris Convention (Stockholm Act 1967).

IV. Scientific literary works

Without prejudice to Section V, and unless otherwise agreed in the TMP, publication of results of research shall be made jointly by the Parties or participants to that joint research. Subject to the foregoing general rule, the following procedures shall apply:

1. in the case of publication by a Party or public bodies of that Party of scientific and technical journals, articles, reports, books, including video and software arising from joint research pursuant to this Decision, the other Party shall be entitled to a worldwide, non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free licence to translate, reproduce, adapt, transmit and publicly distribute such works;

2. the Parties shall ensure that literary works of a scientific character arising from joint research pursuant to this Decision and published by independent publishers are disseminated as widely as possible;

3. all copies of a copyright work to be publicly distributed and prepared under this section shall indicate the names of the author(s) of the work unless an author explicitly declines to be named. They shall also bear a clearly visible acknowledgement of the cooperative support of the Parties.

V. Undisclosed information

A. Documentary undisclosed information

1. Each Party, its agencies or its participants, as appropriate, shall identify at the earliest possible moment and preferably in the TMP the information they wish to remain undisclosed, taking into account inter alia the following criteria:

(a) confidentiality of the information in the sense that it is not, as a body or in the precise configuration or assembly of its components, generally known among, or readily accessible by lawful means to, experts in the field;

(b) the actual or potential commercial value of the information by virtue of its confidentiality;

(c) previous protection of the information in the sense that it has been subject to steps that were reasonable under the circumstances by the person lawfully in control, to maintain its confidentiality.

The Parties, their agencies and their participants, as appropriate, may in certain cases agree that, unless otherwise indicated, parts or all of the information provided, exchanged or created in the course of joint research may not be disclosed.

2. Each Party shall ensure that it and its participants clearly identify undisclosed information, for example by means of an appropriate marking or restrictive legend. This also applies to any reproduction of the said information, in whole or in part.

A Party and a participant receiving undisclosed information shall respect the privileged nature thereof. Such respect shall automatically terminate when this information is revealed by the owner to the public domain.

3. Undisclosed information communicated under this Decision may be disseminated by the receiving Party or its organisation to persons within or employed by the receiving Party or organisation authorised for the specific purposes of the joint research under way, provided that any undisclosed information so disseminated is pursuant to an agreement of confidentiality and readily recognisable as such, as set out above.

4. With the prior written consent of the Party providing undisclosed information, the receiving Party may disseminate such undisclosed information more widely than otherwise permitted in paragraph 3. The Parties shall cooperate in developing procedures for requesting and obtaining prior written consent for such wider dissemination, and each Party will grant such approval to the extent permitted by its domestic policies, regulations and laws.

B. Non-documentary undisclosed information

Non-documentary undisclosed or other confidential information provided in seminars and other meetings arranged under this Decision, or information arising from the attachment of staff, use of facilities, or joint projects, shall be treated by the Parties or their participants according to the principles specified for documentary information in the Decision; this is on the understanding, however, that the recipient of such undisclosed or other confidential or privileged information was made aware of the confidential character of the information communicated at the time such communication was made.

C. Control

Each Party shall endeavour to ensure that undisclosed information received by it under this Decision is controlled as provided herein. If one of the Parties becomes aware that it will be, or may be reasonably expected to become, unable to meet the non-dissemination provisions of sections A and B, it shall immediately inform the other Party. The Parties shall thereafter consult to define an appropriate course of action.

Appendix

Indicative features of a TMP

The TMP is a specific agreement to be concluded between the participants on the implementation of joint research and the respective rights and obligations of the participants.

With respect to IP, the TMP will normally deal with, among other things, ownership, protection, user rights for research and development purposes, exploitation and dissemination, including arrangements for joint publication, the rights and obligations of visiting researchers and dispute settlement procedures. The TMP may also deal with foreground and background information, licensing and deliverables.

ANNEX III

RULES GOVERNING THE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC REFERRED TO IN PARAGRAPH 5 OF ANNEX I

1. The Commission of the European Communities shall communicate to the Czech Republic, and shall inform the sub-committee referred to in paragraph 4 of Annex I of such communication, as soon as possible, and at the latest on 1 September of each financial year, the following information, together with relevant background material:

- the amounts in commitment appropriations, in the statement of expenditure of the preliminary draft budget of the European Communities corresponding to the Fifth Framework Programme and to the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme;

- the estimated amount of the contributions derived from the preliminary draft budget, corresponding to the participation of the Czech Republic in the Fifth Framework Programme and in the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme.

Nonetheless, in order to facilitate internal budgetary procedures, the Commission services shall provide corresponding indicative figures at the latest on 30 May of each year.

Once the general budget has been finally adopted, the Commission shall communicate to the Czech Republic, in the statement of expenditure corresponding to the Czech Republic's participation, the amounts referred to in the first subparagraph.

2. The Commission shall issue, at the latest on 1 January and 15 June of each financial year, a call for funds to the Czech Republic corresponding to its contribution under this Decision. These calls for funds shall provide, respectively, for the payment:

- of six-twelfths of the contribution of the Czech Republic not later than 20 February;

- and six-twelfths of its contribution not later than 15 July.

However, the six-twelfths to be paid not later than 20 February shall be calculated on the basis of the amount set out in the statement of revenue of the preliminary draft budget: the regularisation of the amount thus paid shall occur with the payment of the six-twelfths not later than 15 July.

For the first year of implementation of this Decision, the Commission shall issue a first call for funds within 30 days of its coming into effect. Should this call be issued after 15 June, it shall provide for the payment of twelve-twelfths of the contribution of the Czech Republic within 30 days, calculated on the basis of the amount set out in the statement of revenue of the budget.

The contribution of the Czech Republic shall be expressed and paid in euros.

The Czech Republic shall pay its contribution under this Decision according to the schedule in this paragraph. Any delay in payment shall give rise to the payment of interest at a rate equal to the one-month interbank offered rate (IBOR) in euros as quoted by the International Swap Dealers' Association on the ISDA page of Reuters. This rate shall be increased by 1,5 % for each month of delay. The increased rate shall be applied to the entire period of delay. However, the interest shall be due only if the contribution is paid more than thirty days after the scheduled payment dates mentioned in this paragraph.

Travel costs incurred by representatives and experts of the Czech Republic for the purposes of taking part in the work of the groups and bodies referred to in paragraph 6 of Annex I and of the committees referred to in paragraph 8 thereof and those involved in the implementation of the Fifth Framework Programme and the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme shall be reimbursed by the Commission on the same basis as, and in accordance with, the procedures currently in force for the representatives and experts of the Member States of the European Union.

3. The financial contribution of the Czech Republic to the Fifth Framework Programme and to the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme in accordance with paragraph 5 of Annex I shall normally remain unchanged for the financial year in question.

The Commission, at the time of the closure of the accounts relating to each financial year (n), within the framework of the establishment of the revenue and expenditure account, shall proceed to the regularisation of the accounts with respect to the participation of the Czech Republic, taking into consideration modifications which have taken place, either by transfer, cancellations, carry-overs, decommitments, or by supplementary and amending budgets during the financial year. This regularisation shall occur at the time of the second payment for the year n + 1. Further regularisation shall occur every year until July 2006.

Payment by the Czech Republic shall be credited to the Community programmes as budget receipts allocated to the appropriate budget heading in the statement of revenue of the general budget of the European Communities.

The financial regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities shall apply to the management of the appropriations.

4. At the latest on 31 May of each financial year (n + 1), the statement of appropriations for the Fifth Framework Programme and the Fifth Euratom Framework Programme related to the previous financial year (n), shall be prepared and transmitted to the Czech Republic for information, according to the format of the Commission's revenue and expenditure account.

Joint Declaration by the Czech Republic and the Community

The Czech Republic and the Community agree that, in addition to the provisions set out in this Decision of the Association Council, research programmes and activities of the Czech Republic corresponding to those of the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (1998 to 2002) and to those of the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for research and training activities (1998 to 2002) should be open to research entities from the Community and that a separate exchange of letters between the Czech Republic and the Community to that effect will take place.

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